Nokia Lumia 900 Tear Down Reveals Average Innards to Keep Price Limits [Video]

April 4, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

If you just peek inside cute looking devices which come with a lot of fanfare, you may find bitter truths. A recent tear down of one of the much celebrated Windows Phone devices from Nokia’s Lumia line up exposed a similar truth to the gadget world – all that glitters need not be all gold.

Dismantling enthusiasts have peeked inside the Lumia 900 to find out that the internal hardware is average and stands a step behind the innards of rivals Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S.

After getting rid of the tricky single piece polycarbonate case, the team found that the 4.3 inch AMOLED display on Lumia 900 is good, but not indeed great since it stands behind displays of Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S with it’s 217 ppi pixel density.

Going deeper inside, they found the 1.4 GHz, single core Qualcomm chip coupled with a 512 MB RAM, which was very responsive performing equal to the dual core A5 chip in iPhone 4S with same RAM and the TI chip in Galaxy Nexus with 1 GB RAM.

However, the battery really puts you down, with just 7 hours claim by Nokia. Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S offers 12 and 8 hours of battery life respectively.  The 16GB NAND flash chip found inside the rig was yet another downside for the device, giving no other storage variant model for the customers.

Lumia 900 is a good phone, if not great. But why did not Nokia go for a better display and much better innards? Probably to keep the limits of the present price at $99 for a 2 year contract!

That way, it is the most affordable quality phone in the market now. If they have gone lavish on the innards, we would not have been finding such luring prices.

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